6_replace.jpg Wupatki Pueblo 1930s vs. 2011ThumbnailsAir Circulation System

Numerous storage rooms within the pueblo attest to a constant preparedness for crop failure. People likely had some of last year's corn on hand at this year's harvest. Perhaps this room served for storage and food processing.

Imagine corn stacked like cordwood, or gathered foods such as piñon nuts, rice grass seeds, and juniper berries secured in clay seed jars. Water jars undoubtedly sat here too. Hours spent at these grinding stones reduced corn and seeds to flour.

Meghann M. Vance, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories
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